50+ Healthy & Delicious Passover Recipes

April 20, 2016

50+ healthy Passover recipes that will take your holiday menu  from traditional to gourmet!

50+ healthy Passover recipes that will take your holiday menu from traditional to gourmet! Get the recipe roundup @ JessicaLevinson.com

 

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As I mentioned in this week’s Menu Plan Monday post, this Friday starts the eight day Jewish holiday of Passover, during which there are many foods we cannot eat, including anything made from or with wheat, barley, oats, rye, and spelt – collectively called hametz (or chametz). In my family’s tradition we are also not allowed to eat rice, corn, and any legumes, including beans, lentils, and peanuts. (Here’s a good guide to what foods are Kosher for Passover.)

When I was a kid, my memories of Passover food included the classic Jewish meals of matzo ball soup, brisket, and potato kugel and then the Passover specialties of matzo pizza, lots of eggs, a special pancake my father made called bubalah (which was full of sugar), and boatloads of processed Passover cake mixes. Needless to say, Passover and healthy were not two words that were often in the same sentence!

Healthy Passover Recipes Are Here!

But times have changed, and healthy Passover recipes are easier to come by as the options available during Passover week have grown over the years, especially with the popularity of gluten free and paleo diets. Plus with all the zoodles and veggie noodles people are making these days with their spiralizers there are even more healthy Passover recipes to choose from.

While I still enjoy some of the traditional favorites of my childhood and hope you do the same, I encourage you to break from the mold of your grandparents and great-grandparents and try some modern – dare I say gourmet – recipes that are Kosher for Passover and healthy and delicious to boot! (And if you don’t celebrate Passover, but you follow a gluten-free diet, this roundup will also keep you busy in the kitchen and your palate interested!)

Breakfast & Brunch

Asparagus Eggs Benedict

Asparagus Eggs Benedict With Grain Free Biscuits & Avocado Hollandaise @ Avocado A Day Nutrition

Easy Veggie Egg Muffins @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Charoset Chremsel @ Chef Up to the Plate

Apple Quinoa Bake* @ Nutrition Starring You

Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas @ Marisa Moore Nutrition

Healthy Fruit and Nut Parfait

Healthy Fruit and Nut Parfait* @ Jill Conyers

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Omelet @ Lively Table

Southwestern Avocado Egg Boats @ Your Choice Nutrition

Summer Shakshuka* @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Lunch & Dinner

Cauliflower Cheesy Bread @ the foodie physician

Cauliflower Cheesy Bread @ The Foodie Physician

Mushroom Asparagus Pesto Frittata @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Zoodles with Chicken and Spicy Almond Butter Sauce @ The Lean Green Bean

Southwestern Cauliflower Rice Casserole* @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Salmon Peach Quinoa Salad @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Curried Butternut Squash Salad @ Food Faith Fitness

5-Ingredient Orange Maple Salmon @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Baked Mushroom Leek Fritatta | Meaty mushrooms and sweet leeks are a classic combination that pair beautifully in this easy and nutritious frittata that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner or your next weekend brunch. gluten-free, vegetarian

Baked Mushroom Leek Frittata @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Butternut Squash Quinoa Risotto @ 24 Carrot Life

Pistachio-Stuffed Chicken Breasts @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Zucchini Ravioli @ Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Roasted Chicken with Fennel, Carrots, & Dried Plums @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Citrus Lamb Power Bowls @ Kiss in the Kitchen

Salmon Waldorf Salad @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Casserole @ Uproot Kitchen

Veggie Cauliflower Fried Rice* @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN (top w chicken or fish)

Baked Tilapia with Fennel & Dried Plums | Herb and spice-rubbed baked tilapia is served over a bed of caramelized fennel, onions, and dried plums for a quick and easy weeknight dinner and delicious way to boost your seafood intake. Get the gluten-free and dairy-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Baked Tilapia with Fennel & Dried Plums @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Grilled Cilantro Lime Steak @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Roasted Chicken with Artichokes, Peppers, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Quinoa-Stuffed Cornish Hens @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Summer Steak Salad @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Burgers @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Beet and Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Soups & Side Dishes

Creamy Roasted Asparagus Soup

Creamy Roasted Asparagus Soup @ Nourish Nutrition

Parsnip Pear Soup with Cranberry Coulis @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Roasted Parmesan, Garlic & Lemon Asparagus @ Zen and Spice

Spiced Quinoa with Roasted Apples & Root Vegetables @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Golden Roasted Cauliflower is a simple side dish that is healthy, delicious, and brightens up any table. Vegan and gluten-free.

Golden Roasted Cauliflower (aka Popcorn Cauliflower) @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Spiced Plum Cauliflower Rice @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Sauteed Serrano Mushrooms @ Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Pepper Jack Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms @ EA Stewart

Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Citrus Fennel Salad with Champagne-Lemon Vinaigrette @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Thai Mango Quinoa Salad @ Smart Nutrition

 Roasted Brussels sprouts are tossed with a sweet pomegranate maple glaze and topped with pomegranate seeds in this simple and delicious side dish perfect for the holiday season and beyond.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Glaze @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Roasted Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Easy Eggplant Zucchini Casserole Kugel @ Perspective Portions

Sweet Potato Carrot Casserole with Maple Pecans @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Oven Roasted Baby Red Potatoes @ Running in a Skirt

Homemade Apple Chutney @ Jessica Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN

Cinnamon Roasted Apples @ Amy Gorin Nutrition

Dessert

Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies @ Belle of the Kitchen

Flourless Chocolate Torte @ Recipes to Nourish

Passover Linzer Torte @ Chef Up to the Plate

Passover Matzo Brittle @ Abbey’s Kitchen

Almond Macaroons @ Cakes Bakes and Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars @ Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Need even more Passover-friendly ideas? Check out fellow dietitian nutritionist Chelsea’s 25 Vegetarian Kosher for Passover Recipes and head on over to my Passover Recipes Pinterest board!

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50+ healthy Passover recipes that will take your holiday menu from traditional to gourmet! Get the recipe roundup @ JessicaLevinson.com #passover #passoverrecipes #kosherforpassover

Do you have any favorite healthy Passover recipes?

Share with me in the comments below!
Wishing all who celebrate a happy and healthy Passover holiday!

*Depending on your Passover traditions, these recipes may include some ingredients you do not eat. They can easily be omitted from the recipes.

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  1. I loved reading this and learning more about Passover foods, and your family’s own traditions! Thanks so much for including my stuffed mushroom recipe. I have to say, everything looks delicious, but especially the parfait with fresh cherries and walnuts-yum!

    1. Thanks so much EA! I think it’s fun to learn about other people’s traditions too, so I’m glad you enjoyed that! Yes – those parfaits are calling my name! Will def be eating them for breakfast next week!

  2. These recipes all look amazing! Thanks for sharing Rebecca’s roasted asparagus soup recipe. I hope you and your family have a happy Passover and enjoy some of these tasty foods. 🙂

    1. Thanks for your comment Abby. I agree it’s important to balance with cost. I haven’t calculated the cost of preparing these recipes, but I always recommend people buy items on sale, buy what’s in season since that tends to be cheaper, and look for specials at the supermarket.

  3. You’ve done a fantastic job with this roundup Jessica! Such a great resource – even for those of us who are gluten free. Loved reading about your family’s Passover traditions. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Passover!

    1. You’re not alone Amanda! Most people who don’t observe the holiday don’t know about all the rules. And i mean all the rules – there are a lot!! Glad I taught you something new 🙂

    1. Thanks Sarah. Hope your friend finds some recipes she wants to try. Appreciate you sharing it with her and Pinning too 🙂

    1. Thanks Kristina! Definitely a lot of good options. I made that cheesy cauliflower bread last year and it was delish!

    1. Thank you Alysa! I hope it comes in handy for people who are celebrating, and even for those who don’t, but are looking for healthy recipes that are primarily gluten free.

    1. Thanks Annette – so glad you like it! Definitely lots of less healthy choices for this holiday, but so many nutritious and delicious ones too! Thanks for sharing your recipe – I’ll take a look at it!

  4. This is such a great round-up! It’s always good to know of some go-to healthy options. Thanks for including me!

    1. Thanks Brittany! There’s a lot of not-so-healthy food on Passover, so it definitely helps to have a handful of healthier options to balance it out!